The municipality of Buenavista del Norte, which was founded in the 16th century and is a proud preserver of its traditions, lies on the north-west edge of Tenerife. It is without doubt one of the most scenic parts of the Island and a wonderful place to live, as its more than 5,000 inhabitants will vouch for.
The town has plenty of unquestionable appeal, with its charming streets, its coast dotted with bays and its environmentally-friendly leisure activities.
80% of the municipality's land belongs to different protected nature areas. One of the most noteworthy is Teno Country Park, a natural monument covering some 7,500 hectares (18,500 acres) of stunning rural and marine landscapes, with spectacular mountains and ravines.
The Los Gigantes Cliffs, standing 300 to 600 m (985 to 1,970 ft) tall, plunge straight into the sea beside the Masca ravine. Following this somewhat tortuous ravine inland you will come to the hamlet of Masca, one of the finest examples of rural architecture on Tenerife, which has been declared an Ethnographic Area.
The last significant occurrence in the history of Buenavista took place in 1996 when the Church of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios was destroyed by a huge fire, sending much of its artistic-historic heritage up in flames. The building has since been restored.